For the First time, Bulgarian Became the World Vice Champion in the Biathlon
For the first time, Bulgarian became the world vice champion in the biathlon. Vladimir Iliev won a silver medal in the 20 km individual discipline at the World Championship in Östersund, Sweden.
He made only one mistake in the four firings and finished 1:08.7 minute behind the winner Arnd Peiffer. The German finished without a single mistake in the shooting and traveled the distance of 20 km for 52: 42.4 minutes.
The Bronze Medal won Tarjei Bø, who was only four milliseconds after Vladimir Iliev. On February 20, the Norwegian became European vice champion after the winner - the Bulgarian Krasimir Anev.
It was the biggest gift that Vladimir Iliev made for his 32nd birthday on March 17th.
"I still can not figure out what's going on, but I'm sure I'm fine, but I'm pretty sure that my ranking will be good, and I've had very little energy for the last lap, it's been very hard "were the first words of Iliev to Eurosport.
"We did not expect this medal, it was a very good start for Vlado, and after the last shot we all were worried that he was very heavy on the final lap, but he managed it, this is the first medal in the men's biathlon for Bulgaria said President of the Bulgarian Biathlon Federation Ekaterina Dafovska.
Dimitar Gerdjikov also made his best performance so far, taking the 21st place with just one shot in the shoot. European champion Krassimir Anev, however, was 27th after two shooting mistakes.
Olympic champion in this discipline and future winner of the World Cup - Johannes Thingnes Boe after three defeats in the shooting finished only ninth.
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